BOSSES at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital have spoken out to allay fears of increased pressure on maternity services following changes withinthe now defunct Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust.
South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson expressed concerns over the extra pressure placed on hospitals in the county following proposals to downgrade the maternity unit at the site.
Speaking to the BBC, he specifically mentioned that he was worried about the impact on services in Burton – a sentiment which has been echoed by the town’s own MP Andrew Griffiths.
However, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen’s Hospital, said plans were in place to deal with any increase in deliveries which may occur.
Chief executive Helen Ashley said: “Throughout the period of consultation, we have worked with the Office of the Trust Special Administrator to understand the impact of no longer having an obstetricled facility at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
“The impact of the changes would be only a small increase on the number of births here.”
An announcement was made at the end of last year that maternity services at the hospital were to be changed from being consultant-led to midwife-led. Changes will also be made to paediatric services.
It came following a consultation launched on the back of an investigation which revealed ‘appalling’ failings within the trust.
The trust has now been dissolved.
During a discussion in Parliament earlier this week, Burton MP Andrew Griffiths spoke of his own worries for the impact these changes would have on Queen’s. He also asked for assurance that the changes would be correctly manager to limit repercussions.
He said: “Queen’s hospital is a Keogh hospital, which has huge financial debts and is struggling to survive. It is essential that this reorganisation takes place and is properly funded.
“If not, the knock-on effect on other hospitals, such as Queen’s, and on the wider health economy, could be damaging and have a domino effect, with other hospitals falling over.”